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“Pretty town by the Malvern Hills”
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Cork, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
368 reviews
587 helpful votes
“Pretty town by the Malvern Hills”
Reviewed 8 August 2008

Malvern (or Great Malvern to give it its official title) is located South of Birmingham right under the shadow of the Malvern Hills. It can be reached easily by car from Birmingham or by train from London Paddington and I'm certain can be reached from many other places too. The city of Worcester is a nearby neighbour and can be seen from Worcester road at Great Malvern.
This small town (it's main street, located on a hill) is very pretty and is worth a few hours exploring or an overnight or two if you have the time.
It's got a decent Tourist Information Centre with friendly staff on Church Street, a lovely Theatre/Cinema (The Malvern Theatres located in a very special building at Priory Park), an excellent swimming pool and Gym complex, a very pleasant park where on Sundays during the summer you may sit and listen to some excellent live music at the music stand. The Priory Church is the main tourist attraction right in the middle of the town while the nearby Malvern Museum is also worth seeing.
Another very well renowned visitor attraction is the famous Morgan Motor Company, home to hand made cars of the same name. This place is about 6 miles from Malvern, details about tours of this factory are available at the Tourist office. If you don't have a car there are many taxis available to whisk you there.
The train station is about half a mile at the bottom of the hill. You can walk from the station to the town easily but if you have luggage it would be worth getting a taxi.

The town has a number of interesting shops, quite a few antique shops. A very large and well stocked supermarket (Waitrose) and a number of lovely local shops selling great local products such as cider and jams.

There are also a number of very pleasant coffee/tea shops.

For a very pleasant afternoon or evening tipple there is the Unicorn pub on Worcester Road (at the top of Church street) and right across the road from the Unicorn is the historic Foley arms, oozing charm and atmosphere. (The beer isn't bad either).

If you would like to explore the lovely Malvern Hills you can pay for a day ticket on the 'Hills Hopper' for £3.20. This is a little shuttle bus that travels around the hills all day long stopping at pre arranged stops. So you can take this bus in the morning to your favourite Malvern Hills starting point, walk for a while and then pick the shuttle up later on in the day to whisk you back to Great Malvern. The bus is wheelchair and bicycle friendly too - Wonderful. Alternatively you can walk right up to the Worcestershire Beacon from Worcester Road, be warned however this is a steep climb and not for the faint hearted. A walk of 45 minutes is quoted for this, but of course it depends on fitness levels.

There are a number of excellent restaurants in Great Malvern all within minutes walking distance of each other. My favourites were Anupam (the best indian food I have ever tasted) on Church Street and ASK Italian on Worcester Road.

I loved Great Malvern and will go back there again. Here is a good link for more information www.malvernhills.gov.uk

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London
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
56 helpful votes
“A few daysin Malvern”
Reviewed 27 June 2008

We stayed three days in Malvern walking playing golf and going to the Upton jazz festival.
The hills to the back of the town are stunning.
The town has the same spa air and architecture as Buxton for example. Very Agatha Christy.
We stayed in a nice B&B called Woodpeckers- en suite bathroom and lovely garden in a quiet avenue. Eclectic furnishings and a very friendly Fiona runs it.
The golf course is very fine- true parkland with mature trees

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